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Exam board 'pressed by Ofqual to alter GCSE grades'

Publié par Clifford Armion le 09/11/2012

Press Association

Ofqual urged an exam board to alter its GCSE English grade boundaries two weeks before the results were published. Leaked letters show the regulator wrote to Edexcel amid concerns that there would be a rise in the number of C grades, calling on the board to act quickly to produce results closer to predictions for the subject.
The board responded a day later saying it believed its proposed grade awards were "fair" and that there was no justification for further changes.
As details of the letters were revealed, Ofqual's chief regulator, Glenys Stacey, faced a call to resign.
John Townsley, a head teacher and former Ofqual board member, said Stacey's position had become untenable. "We can see, in the most certain terms possible, Ofqual applying immense pressure to the awarding body concerned in order to bring down the number of C grades awarded," he said. "Glenys Stacey should resign."
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"Exam board 'pressed by Ofqual to alter GCSE grades'", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2012. Consulté le 29/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/exam-board-pressed-by-ofqual-to-alter-gcse-grades-